Jill Soloway Wins Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series & Her Speech Is Powerfully Important
Given the caliber of actors and directors working in television these days, the Emmys are bound to yield some inspiring speeches. and no one does it better than Transparent creator Jill Soloway. Soloway took home an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series on Sunday evening. Because rather than just run down the typical list of who to thank, Soloway used her time on stage to deliver a powerful message of what she hopes Transparent is helping to do in regards to changing the world and making it a more accepting place for everyone. And while I could attempt to give a general summarization about what inspiring words of wisdom she had to share, I think only she can give them the true justice they deserve...
People ask me if it's hard to be a director and I tell them 'no, life is very hard.' Being a good partner, being a good mother, being a good person is hard. Being a director is so effing easy! I get to just make my dreams come true. It's a privilege, and it also creates privilege when you take women, people of color, trans people, queer people, and you put them at the center of the story. The subjects instead of the objects. You change the world, we found out. We found out! So I want to thank you, my sweet Jeff Bezos, because you changed the world. And you invited me to do this thing these people call television, but I call a revolution.
I've always wanted to be part of a movement, the civil rights movement, the feminist movement. This TV show allows me to take my dreams about unlikable Jewish people, queer folk, trans folk, and make them the heroes. Thank you to the trans community for your lived lives. We need to stop violence against transgender women and topple the patriarchy! Topple the patriarchy!
Suffice to say, she is using this Emmys platform for the greater good and to help educate others on the importance of acceptance. So let's all take a page out of Soloway's book and topple that freaking patriarchy together.